Exiled lawyer Dr. Miguna Miguna now wants the Assumption of the Office of the President Committee to guarantee him safe passage into the country so that he can attend president-elect William Ruto’s swearing-in ceremony slated for September 13, 2022.
In a letter dated September 7, drafted by his legal representative Adrian Kamotho Njenga, Miguna urged the committee chairperson, Dr. Joseph Kinyua, not to overlook his plight, but instead facilitate his return to Kenya as the council makes final preparations for the change of guard at State House.
“The Assumption of the Office of President Committee would be acting contrary to the Constitution if it proceeds with its business as usual, without reasonable regard to the plight of our client who has suffered tremendous injustice and indescribable psychological torture at the hands of the departing regime,” the letter seen by Citizen Digital reads in part.
“Thus, your Committee has an overarching duty and legal obligation to ensure that our client is facilitated to attend the swearing in ceremony of the 5th President, His Excellency William Samoei Ruto, without fail.”
While noting that Miguna is a legitimate Kenyan citizen who is entitled to be present at Ruto’s swearing-in ceremony, Njenga proceeded to implore the committee to lift all red alerts that had been imposed on Miguna following his 2018 deportation.
“Further, may we have your earliest confirmation that all the red alerts and other unlawful restrictions that were ruthlessly imposed on our client have been lifted,” said Njenga in the letter.
“May you also get back to us with a replacement copy of our client’s passport in lieu of the one that was perforated and defaced by the primitive state officials who indiscriminately violated our client’s rights.”
Miguna expects the Assumption of the Office of the President Committee to, at the very least, offer a way forward in regards to his requests within the next 24 hours.
Miguna was first deported in February 2018 after taking part in the swearing in of Raila Odinga as the ‘People’s President’ at Uhuru Park on January 30, 2018. His passport was confiscated by authorities at the time.
On February 28, 2018 Justice Chacha Mwita ordered the government to submit Miguna’s passport to the High Court and also grant him unconditional entry into the country.
The court similarly quashed an earlier decree by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i that had sought to nullify the lawyer’s citizenship and validate his forced exile.
On March 26, 2018, Miguna attempted to come back to the country only to be denied entry at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by government officials. He was similarly detained by authorities at the airport before being forcefully ejected from the country.
He was later deported to Dubai, a process the lawyer claims he doesn’t remember since he was sedated.
This happened despite a court order issued on the same day by Justice George Odunga barring the government from forcefully removing him from the country.
In November 2021, Miguna moved to the High court in an attempt to have the red alerts placed on him lifted but his case was dismissed by Justice Hedwig Ongudi.